Who We Are – About Swanson Midgley LLC

Kelly Dean Brende

Of Counsel

Phone: (816) 886-6100

Alt: (816) 842-6100

Email: kbrende@swansonmidgley.com

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Career Overview:

Ms. Kelly Brende’s passion is providing the highest quality legal services in a manner that is easily understood by clients. Business planning, corporate law, estate planning, taxation and trust and estate administration can be difficult topics – Kelly helps clients comprehend these complex issues through her practical and client-focused approach.

Principal Practice Areas:

  • Corporate and Business Transactions
  • Tax Services
  • Trusts and Estates


  • Creighton University, cum laude, J.D., 1995
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City, LL.M, 1998
  • Northern Michigan University, B.S.


  • Missouri, 2000
  • Kansas, 2001
  • Nebraska, 1995

Professional Affiliations and Memberships:

  • Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar
  • Nebraska Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar
  • The American Bar Association

Published Works:

  • Revising Author, Missouri Estate Planning, Will Drafting and Estate Administration Forms, 2011 Edition, Lexis Nexis
  • Contributing Author, Roy M. Adams, 21st Century Estate Planning: Practical Applications, 2003 Edition, Cannon Financial Institute.
  • Chapter VII: Annual Exclusion Gift Planning.
  • Chapter VIII: Planning for the Marital Deduction.
  • Chapter IX: Planning with the Application Exclusion Amount.
  • Contributing Author, Edwin T. Hood, John J. Mylan and Timothy P. O’Sullivan, Closely Held Businesses in Estate Planning, Second Edition (1998).
  • Subchapter 2.04: An Overview of the Federal Estate Tax System.
  • Subchapter 2.05: An Overview of the Generation Skipping Transfer (GST) Tax.

Additional Information:

Kelly is married and has three wonderful boys. She enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at her church and other charitable organizations.